Morning Skate: Sedin Twins' 'Dear Vancouver' letter


Morning Skate: Sedin Twins' 'Dear Vancouver' letter

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while hoping Sergio Dipp gets another chance to work in “Boom Goes the Dynamite” the next time he’s on Monday Night Football.

*Daniel and Henrik Sedin pen a letter to the city of Vancouver on the Players Tribune, and show why they will forever be linked in a close relationship with that community.

*The Buffalo Sabres hope they can sign Jack Eichel to a long term deal soon, but it’s not going to be cheap, as the Bruins are finding out with David Pastrnak.

*It’s the start of a new era for Ron Hainsey as he gets going with the Toronto Maple Leafs after finally tasting the playoffs last spring.

*Edmonton Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli believes that he can build a Cup contender around Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. We’ll see if that holds true after signing both players to mega-deals, but McDavid is certainly a great building block to have. Hockey fans in Boston are blaming Chiarelli for the current contract troubles between the Bruins and David Pastrnak, but this isn’t just about Draisaitl. It’s about Evgeny Kuznetsov, it’s about Ryan Johansen and it’s about a market shift for young elite players. Heck, it’s about Vladimir Tarasenko a couple of years ago, who is absolutely a comparable player to Pastrnak at this point in his career.

*Some think that the Bruins missed a major opportunity by taking Urho Vaakanainen over Jake Oettinger in the first round this summer. I think they should have taken small, skilled forward Kailer Yamamoto instead of Vaakanainen, but time will tell about all of this.

*For something completely different, sounds like another X-Men Universe film is in the works and this one sounds like it could be pretty good with Deadpool and Cable.



Morning Skate: Habs' Pacioretty blames himself


Morning Skate: Habs' Pacioretty blames himself

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while watching the Montreal Canadiens crash and burn in the Atlantic Division.  

*Max Pacioretty is certainly falling on his sword up in Montreal calling himself “the worst one on the ice” as the Habs really struggle to get going this season.

*Brad Marchand was on the Twitter machine after Thursday night’s win and having some fun with what his video game controller probably looks like when he plays hockey.

*Pro Hockey Talk has the details of the Erik Gudbranson boarding hit on Frank Vatrano from last night that looks like it’s going to get the Vancouver D-man suspended.

*Oliver Ekman-Larsson is still adjusting to the changes that are taking place with the Arizona Coyotes as they struggle in the desert.

*The Maple Leafs are looking and acting like contenders early on up in Toronto, and that would be a very good thing for the NHL.

*For something completely different: The Backstreet Boys are going country? Now I’ve definitely seen it all.


Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid’s leg is broken, will have surgery Monday

Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid’s leg is broken, will have surgery Monday

BRIGHTON, Mass – Another serious injury has hit the Bruins in the first few weeks of the season.

Adam McQuaid’s right leg is broken, he'll have surgery Monday and he’ll miss some significant time after he blocked a shot that knocked him out of the Thursday night victory over the Vancouver Canucks. The rugged, stay-at-home defenseman took multiple pucks of in successive games off his leg in the past two games against the Golden Knights and the Canucks.


Bruins GM Don Sweeney, in a Bruins statement released after practice Friday, said McQuaid sustained a broken right fibula and is scheduled to have surgery on Monday at Mass. General Hospital. He is expected to miss approximately eight weeks.

It’s a tough blow for McQuaid, 31, after he was able to play 77 games last season before missing the playoffs with an injury and has consistently battled injuries in his career while playing a hard-nosed, fearless brand of hockey.

“Adam [McQuaid] is seeing the doctors as we speak, so there will be an announcement about him,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said earlier Friday at practice. “With Bergie [Patrice Bergeron] it’s a maintenance day where we felt it would be better after 20 minutes of ice to let it rest, and the same with [David] Krejci. Miller is a maintenance day as well. He got whacked, but he should be fine as well. We’ll have a better idea in the morning, but we expect all of the [maintenance players] to play.”

Bergeron, David Krejci and Kevan Miller were all missing from practice on Friday morning at Warrior Ice Arena, but it was maintenance days for all as they’re expected to be back in the lineup on Saturday against the Buffalo Sabres. 

Tuukka Rask is out indefinitely while in the concussion protocol after his practice collision earlier this week, but the good news is that Bruins goaltender was up and around at the practice facility on Friday rather than at home convalescing in a dark room.

Here are the line combos and D-pairings for the Black and Gold with a few bodies missing from practice: